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Aguero provided glowing Alvarez assessment, says Lescott

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Sergio Aguero has provided a glowing endorsement for Argentina compatriot Julian Alvarez after his move to Manchester City.

Joleon Lescott expects Alvarez to become a key figure for Guardiola’s side in the Premier League in the coming years.

Alvarez signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League champions from River Plate in a deal worth a reported £ 14 million ($18.8m) back in January before being loaned back to his former side.

The 22-year-old initially caught City’s eye after 20 goals and 12 assists in 35 games in the Argentine Primera Division last year, with those 32 direct goal involvements at least six more than any other player in 2021.

He added another 11 goals in 15 league appearances in 2022. While it remains unclear whether Alvarez will be loaned out again, Lescott revealed the forward has the backing of City’s excellent Aguero.

Lescott told City’s official website:

“He’s got the quality [to perform in the Premier League].

“I’ve seen little bits, but I’ve also spoken to Sergio about him, and he said he was a top talent.

“He was excited for him, which was good, so that’ll be a high expectation.

“Sergio said he will score goals. He can also excite fans, Sergio Aguero said, possibly more than him, not in terms of scoring but in terms of the way he plays.

“He wants to dribble a little bit more than Sergio did, who was more ‘let me score’, which was great for us but a different mindset.

“But with the likes of [Gabriel] Jesus leaving, you’re not going to do that if you’re not replacing him with exceptional talent. So I’m excited for him, and hopefully, he gets opportunities to score.”

Alvarez will provide able competition to fellow arrival Erling Haaland should try the Argentine stay at the Etihad Stadium for the season.

Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 appearances during his two-and-a-half-year spell at Borussia Dortmund.

A tally bettered by only Lewandowski and Mbappe of players from Europe’s top five leagues during that period.

Yet, with competition within Guardiola’s squad, Lescott encouraged Alvarez to seize his pre-season opportunities instead of settling for a backup role behind Haaland.

He added:

“I’m sure Julian has come in and wants to play.

“And not just come to watch Haaland score goals and perform.

“There’s an opportunity for him to play.

“And I’m sure he’s going to back himself to do that and do well.

“The age of the squad is good; it helps keep everyone competitive.

“The younger lads from the City academy will also respect what it is.

“They’ll understand that yes, they need to perform, yes they need to train well.

“And get themselves ready for whatever season they have.”

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